Lying Out Loud by Kody Keplinger
3.5 LOL stars!
Kody Keplinger is an author I turn to whenever I don’t know what to read. She has such a great voice as an author, laced with wit and humor and I always enjoy her books. Lying Out Loud was a fun read, but not my favorite by her. Not because of the writing, but I’ll get to that in a bit.
Lying Out Loud is the story of teenage girl Sonny who is a compulsive liar. It’s been a kind of survival technique for most of her life when avoiding the bigger issues. Now as a senior in high school, she’s crashing at her best friend’s house because her mom “kicked her out” (or so we are told). When Sonny accidentally IMs a guy using her friend Amy’s account, she finds herself stuck in another position where she is lying to them, even as she is falling for him.
This book was good, I just didn’t love it. Mostly because I felt the main character was a really shitty friend, and while I understand why, it really bugged me. For someone who was so affected by the actions of others, she didn’t think about how her own actions affected others, most of the time in a negative manner. Plus, I didn’t love the romance aspect of this book, it could have been more developed.
Like I said before, I did enjoy the book and the writing style, but this would probably be my least favorite of all of Keplinger’s works I’ve read so far. Not even the cameo of Wesley could bring this book up more.